September 2020 News

Sep 11

You may not have started 2020 thinking about a move. But like it or not, many of us have had to reconsider our living situations during the pandemic.

Before you decide to relocate, you have many things to consider: the cost of living, proximity to your loved ones — and whether you’ll need a winter coat. Learn how to go about making the decision to move from experts on personal finance, including Elaina Johannessen, program director at LSS Financial Counseling.

August 2020 News

Aug 18

Meals on Wheels Moving to LSS Meals Luverne Kitchen on August 18

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) has been a proud provider of Meals on Wheels service in Jasper and southwest Minnesota since 2007. They work with local partner Sunrise Village to prepare and package LSS Meals on Wheels which are distributed throughout the community through contactless delivery.

Aug 5

The state of Minnesota received nearly $1.5 million to provide safe, stable housing and appropriate services to victims of human trafficking.

In a press release from U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald's office, the funds are being provided by the Department of Justice's Office of Just Programs (OJP) and its component, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).

July 2020 News

Jul 31

Camp Knutson in Crosslake is hosting their 34th annual quilt auction this week. They plan to hold the event through a live stream so that buyers can safely participate.

The virtual event will help raise funds for the camp to continue to provide summer programs for children with special needs. Volunteers from around the country make and donate the quilts that will be auctioned off.

The bidding begins on Friday, July 31st. To register, you can visit the Camp Knutson website.

Jul 23

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has expanded its foster grandparent services in Northeastern Minnesota to St. Louis, Cook, Carlton, Lake and Pine counties.

Foster grandparent volunteers are older adults who offer one-on-one mentoring and academic support in classroom settings to children who may be falling behind in school, according to a news release from Lutheran Social Service. Their presence and reassurance is meant to help boost children’s self-esteem, improve social and emotional development, and perform better in literacy and math.

Jul 17

A new partnership in Wright County is helping support families who may not have anywhere to turn. The county is now working with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota to provide its Crisis Nursery, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

“There’s a lot of need in the area,” said Kate Hengy-Gretz, the crisis nursery facilitator for LSS.

Wright County has operated a crisis nursery since 1992. In the fall, however, the organization running the program was unable to continue doing so because budgetary limitations. 

June 2020 News

Jun 10

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, one of the largest social service organizations in our state, has a responsibility to Minnesotans in all 87 counties we serve – to stand for opportunity, equity and justice. We show this through person-centered services and programs that support more than 100,000 Minnesotans every year. This includes supporting individuals with disabilities to live their best lives, youth experiencing homelessness to find stability, and older adults to continue living safely in their own homes – among many other examples.